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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Not a sequel in the conventional sense, synergerics 2″ is more an expansion of the first volume, and should be read in parallel rather buckminnster sequentially. That is, after reading a chapter in “Synergetics,” one should then read the corresponding chapter in this book.
Be forewarned, Fuller’s writing style, described by one biographer as “worse prose is barely conceivable,” makes for generally slow reading, punctuated by what I will describe as exalted poetry, that makes the exercise worthwhile.
R. Buckminster Fuller’s Synergetics
Fuller may be too fond of run-on sentences and the overuse of “inter-,” “omni-,” and other hyphenated constructions, but on the positive side, his prose is instantly recognizable.
Fuller attempted nothing less than the reformulation of our concept of structure, by proposing a tetrahedron-based geometry over conventional cubic coordinates. The question is whether this has any practical application for ordinary life, beyond being merely an interesting topic of discussion.
Stewart Brand, the founding editor of the “Whole Earth Catalog,” describes the geodesic dome, Fuller’s best-known creation, as a “massive, total failure,” impossible to keep from leaking, impossible to subdivide into usable living space, with enormous wasted volume in the upper area. Fuller’s philosophy, while unusual, is remarkably consistent, with a few peculiar contradictions. He focuses on “events” and “relationships,” characterized respectively by the vertices and edges of polygons.
The faces of polygons, in his system, are empty space, therefore, have no structural reality. Thus, solids are an illusion. The sphere, in Fuller’s description, is a many-sided polygon of a frequency high enough to appear spherical. Yet, in many constructions in the book, spheres function as solid balls. Evidently, when Fuller wants to employ a solid object in a description, it is an idealized mental construct, but if anyone else does it, he never fails to point out that solids are an illusion.
Another contradiction is the Dymaxion map, which is nothing more than a variety of interrupted projection, similar to the Goode Homolosine, with the oceans divided in order to preserve the integrity of land masses. Nothing unusual here, except Fuller believed that people like Polynesians and Vikings circled the world by ocean thousands of years ago.
The world map employed by these hypothetical sailors would have had Antarctica at the center, with the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans extending outward like the arms of a starfish, bounded by the edges of unknowable land masses. Thus the most consistent Fullerian world map would be an interrupted projection keeping the oceans intact, while dividing the continents.
Synergetics (Fuller) – Wikipedia
The value of Synergetics, and Fuller’s work in general, is clearly not not yet? Rather, it is his ceaseless advocacy of the global perspective, of the interdependence of systems, from subatomic particles to Universe.
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